The Michael Kors Access Runway Smartwatch from Best Buy

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Michael Kors Access Runway Smartwatch for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

I wasn’t sure I was even interested in owning a smartwatch. I average about 600 to 700 emails a day so I know I didn’t want a watch telling me each time an email arrived. My social media is pretty busy as well so – I didn’t want any notifications there either. I know you can turn them off, but why bother having a smartwatch if you aren’t going to use it to it’s full potential – right?

When Best Buy asked if I wanted to experience this watch, I thought – what the heck! Let me give it a try!

The watch comes in gold-tone or rose gold-tone finish and lets you take selfies (I have not yet been able to figure out how), ring your phone, access music, keep track of personal goals, and access your social media accounts.

 

The watch is compatible with both android (4.4 or later) and iOS 9.3 or later operating systems.

From OS by Google

  • Make every minute matter with smart help and health coaching, from the convenience of your wrist.
  • Proactive Help From the Google Assistant: Keeps you ahead of your day with proactive, personalized help from Google Assistant, even before you ask.
  • Smarter Health Coaching from Google Fit: Motivates you towards a healthier life with coaching and activity tracking based on guidelines from the American Heart Association & World Health Organization.
  • Maximizes Your Time: Get more done and maximize your time with more glanceable, easy to manage notifications, with smart replies to respond quickly on the go.
  • Compatible with iPhone/iOS and Android.

 

From Michael Kors

  • Makes it easier to be healthy with the Google Fit app’s two new activity trackers—Heart Points and Move Minutes—which were designed in partnership with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization. These evidence-based metrics measure activity intensity, and smarter health coaching makes your fitness goals more achievable by motivating you to stay active throughout your day, everyday. (Additional background.)
  • Provides proactive help from Google Assistant—from viewing upcoming flight info to dinner reservations.
  • Quick access to Google Pay—so you can pay with a wave at almost anyplace that accepts credit cards.
  • Fashion meets function with this designer brand: fresh, eye-catching design is perfect for transitioning from a workout to a night out with ease, and you can customize your dial (watch face).

Let’s jump right in with what I think about this product.

PROS:

Setting up the Michael Kors Access smartwatch was simple. There is a “quick start” manual included but no full manual or guide. The easiest way to set up your watch is through the Michael Kors Access website which features step by step instruction videos for each area of the watch.

The look of the watch is beautiful and you can easily change the dial/face with a few clicks to match your current outfit or mood.

Has an elegant design but is durable at the same time.

You can purchase changeable bands. All watches come with a separate changeable clasp to go with other bands.

The watch is water resistant.

Compatible with all of your Google accounts.

Michael Kors has done an excellent job with the design of their charger. It’s constructed so that it makes it more difficult for the watch to slide/fall off when charging. It almost feels like a magnet grabs on to the watch.

Easy to use Google Fit – You can control Pandora – Sync with Google Calendar – Continuous heart monitoring

Cons

Unfortunately for me, the cons sort of out-weigh the pros. The smartwatch is a bit heavy but it’s definitely manageable.

The 24 hour advertised battery life is not great. The battery life depends on your usage so in order to maintain your battery you have to turn off notifications to everything or by noon the battery is at 50%. The battery life drops quickly with usage. 

You can put the watch on battery saving mode but this is basically putting the watch into airplane mode so it disables location services, wi-fi, mobile data, vibrations, etc. 

Inconsistent performance. The necessary app to sync with your phone doesn’t always work well. I found that I often had to re-sync after charging. 

The watch is not fully compatible with your i-phone. There are some limitations between Wear OS and iOS.

You can see notifications of text, emails and calls but cannot reply to text or emails. You can answer the call but will need to use your phone to talk as opposed to speaking into the watch.

The “Google Fit” feature is very easy to use when you’re doing basics but any other type of workouts, you have to scroll through ALL of the variety of “activities” you can choose from. 

You can only control Pandora if it’s running on your phone.

There is a several second delay or longer for each function/button to kick in. . 

Alarm feature is standalone and does not sync with iPhone’s alarm. When the alarm goes off, you have to go into the alarm and turn it off as opposed to having it pop up on the screen to snooze/turn off.

Although you can sync with your Google calendar, you cannot edit the calendar – only view.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I have to say that the Michael Kors Access Runway Smartwatch is elegant and beautiful, yet durable. It will definitely have your friends and family asking you about it. But try as I might, I’m having a hard time staying excited about some of the features.

I had so much trouble trying to use the smartwatch with my iPhone, that I most likely won’t use it regularly. Although it’s stylish, it won’t fit the needs of someone that NEEDS a “smartwatch” and uses an iphone.

Michael Kors might sell plenty of Access watches based on the strength of its brand alone.

These watches are truly gorgeous and, bugs aside, generally do what they promise. But there’s nothing here that sets it apart from being yet another smartwatch. It’s difficult to fault Michael Kors for the functionality of the Access line since it’s limited by what Google offers for this sort of accessory.

I can’t say I would deter anyone who is thinking of purchasing this watch. If you want style, this watch is for you. If you aren’t concerned with immediate functionality this watch is for you. If you use an android, this is the smartwatch for you. 

It all works as it should but a bit slow and glitchy.

 




All I Want for Christmas is New Kitchen Appliances! LG Matte Black Kitchen from Best Buy

Christmas is right around the corner – it’s time to think about what Momma wants! I bet there are lots of Moms who would love some new kitchen appliances and now’s the time to make her dreams come true!

The LG Black Matte Finish is my favorite – I’m leaving pictures around the house to hint at what I want! It’s time for me to get new appliances and as much as I’ve always loved my stainless steel – now that I have grandchildren I honestly don’t love constantly wiping fingerprints.

lg matte black kitchen best buy

Product Specs:

  • LG’s exclusive Matte Black stainless steel combines the timeless look of stainless steel with a luxe & low-gloss matte finish that compliments any kitchen décor.
  • These LG smart kitchen appliances are wi-fi and voice-enabled, allowing you to control your kitchen appliances remotely — from changing settings, to checking the status, or turning on or off.
  • These smart appliances make life easier.

Matte Black Stainless Steel appliances bring the latest in home decor trends to the kitchen, providing enhanced style that brings out the best in any design. Matte black complements both light and dark cabinets.

It’s all in the finish – You can add effortless sophistication to any kitchen with this smooth, versatile finish that brings out the best in any design. LG offers a full suite of matte black appliances to help kickstart your style with a new finish. You can change the entire look of your kitchen. The finish will work with modern, traditional, contemporary and more.

You Can Save Up to $350 on Select LG Kitchen Appliance Packages at Best Buy

There’s never been a better time to give the kitchen a face lift. LG appliances offer advanced technology that can speed up cooking, improve clean-up and organize your food storage in innovative ways. And they’re available in finishes that are sure to complement existing kitchen cabinetry: stainless, black stainless and black matte.

Choose four appliances in a sleek stainless steel finish and save $250 on the package. Opt for a striking black stainless finish or the less reflective black matte finish and save $350 on your new kitchen appliances

Make Mom happy this holiday season!




Christmas is Coming! Check Out the Bose Smart Home Speakers for the Audiophile on Your List!

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for sharing this information. All opinions are my own.

Are you an audiophile that loves the newest connected home products? Are you passionate about new technology? With Christmas just around the corner, who on your list would love to have this? I know my son would be jumping for joy on Christmas morning!

Bose Smart Home SpeakersThen take a look at the Bose® Smart Home Speakers with Bass Module and Surround Sound Speaker available at Best Buy.

The Bose Soundbar 700 offers a perfect combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound, so you can feel the full power in every moment of your favorite music, movies, and TV shows. Featuring premium materials and exquisite craftsmanship, the soundbar is designed to look as good as it sounds. Amazon Alexa built in puts all your favorite music at the tip of your tongue.

Superior Bose sound. Unlimited entertainment possibilities. The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars has built-in voice control from Amazon Alexa that puts millions of songs at the tip of your tongue. And with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want.

Want more music in more rooms? The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars works together. The Bose Soundbar 700, designed to be the world’s best soundbar, delivers an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound. The stylish Bose Soundbar 500 has a thin profile that fits discreetly under your TV, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers the widest sound of any smart speaker.

Compatible with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars for multi-room audio:

The Soundbar 700 is part of a new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars designed to be compatible with each other so you can enjoy more music in more rooms.

Personalized Bose Music app:

Multiple users can personalize their experience and control their content with the easy-to-use Bose Music app.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections for music streaming:

Play integrated Wi-Fi music services such as Spotify and Amazon Music, or use a Bluetooth connection over to play anything from your phone or tablet.

Amazon Alexa built right in:

Millions of songs at the tip of your tongue with Amazon Alexa built in. Access other Alexa features, such as weather reports, smart home control, and so much more.

Add optional wireless bass module and surround speakers:

Add the optional Bose Bass Module 700 and Bose Surround Speakers to feel the impact of thunderous bass and full-on surround sound.

ADAPTiQ audio room calibration:

Fine-tunes the system’s sound specifically to your room.

Eight-microphone array for superior voice pickup:

Experience superior voice pickup from an eight-microphone array that hears you over loud music or across the room.

Control music with voice, Bose Music app, or remote:

Control comes easy, with three different ways to manage what you hear: voice, the Bose Music app, or the universal remote.

Future software updates:

Unlock new features – like Apple AirPlay 2 (coming in early 2019).

The Bose® Smart Home Speakers with Bass Module and Surround Sound Speaker available at Best Buy will make the perfect holiday gift for the music and technology lover on your list!




Cut the Cord to Cable with the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for sharing this information. All opinions are my own.

Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player

Chromecast, available at Best Buy, is designed to make the most of the apps and entertainment already on your phone. Shows, movies, live TV, YouTube, photos and more. It’s all just a tap away from all of your family’s devices. Watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your devices.

Stream from your phone to TV

Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. While streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.

Works with the streaming apps you know and love

Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. 

Start streaming with just your voice

Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together – “Ok Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on the living room TV.” 

Upgrade your TV for less

Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It’s so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house.

High-speed wireless connectivity

Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network.

Compatible with your existing HDTV

Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity.

Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription. Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

Start streaming in seconds. Plug in Chromecast and visit chromecast.com/setup. Connect Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network. Tap the Cast button in a Cast-enabled app.

Stream from Android and iPhone. Enjoy thousands of Android or iPhone apps, and play or pause directly from your phone. See your laptop on your TV. Mirror your laptop screen to your TV with your Chrome browser. Surf the web or see your media on the big screen. Command your TV from your tablet. Your phone becomes your remote!

You will be even be able to see your Nest cameras on your TV. Check your backyard without ever leaving the couch!

What are you waiting for? The Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player will make a perfect family holiday gift!




Wooden Watches: A Unique Spring Accessory from JORD Watches – Classic Elegance

I was provided with a free product for purposes of this review and giveaway. The opinions are my own.

The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

I’ve been a fan of JORD watches for quite a while. They are classy, elegant and stand out as different. My latest JORD watch is simple and sophisticated yet stands out in the crowd and is noticed by all. It’s part of the Conway Series. The classic design meets modern detailing with custom knurling on both the bezel and wrist line, and the piece features a new band with complementary wood and stainless steel links. Natural Kosso wood is well paired with a midnight blue face; the perfect addition to simple attire or elegant dressy events. I’ve received so many compliments – even in the grocery store line!

JORD timepieces and bands are hand crafted from natural materials. The company takes pride in the superior quality of each piece and offers a generous exchange, repair and/or return program.

The wood is rich and comes from Nigeria. The natural kosso wood is hand finished and pre-treated with tung oils. The Conway is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water. A quick cleaning with lemon or orange oil extract is best for keeping the natural wood clean.

The fit is comfortable and super easy to adjust. It’s dressy. It’s casual. My latest accessory from JORD fits in with anything I wear – anywhere I go and with any style of clothing. It’s easy to have your watch sized for a perfect fit. Your watch will be sized before being shipped to you when you select “custom sizing” and submit the requested measurements. Mine fits perfectly!

Would you love to own your own JORD? You can enter today (through October 21) to win $100 towards your own JORD watch. Enter by clicking HERE .

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Wooden Wrist Watch